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10 PUBLISHERS LETTER 13 up front Huck Finn Jubilee, High Desert Scots Pipes

24 youth sports in the high desert

Sign your child up for one of these great sports leagues. By Susan Landers

and Drums, the Cap and Gown: a History By Tere Kidd and Katie Chavez

28 DIY BEAUTY Homestyle secrets to help you look your best.

By Stephanie Morris

34 Santa Barbara The coast with the most!

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18 Health matters Time to Straighten Up By Dr. Brad Hannon 20 HD personality Wooly Bully By Susan Landers 21 local business Massage Envy Spa By Tere Kidd 38 wine trends Local wine events By Stephanie Morris 40 restaurant spotlight End Zone Deli By Tere Kidd 42 entertainment calendar Upcoming entertainment & events. 44 hd Happenings Photos from local happenings 46 susan’s corner A Day of Remembrance, not Revenue

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H.D. Living H.D. Living Magazine Volume 4, Issue 3, May/June 2011 PUBLISHER / CEO Frank A. Castillo MARKETING/CIRCULATION DIRECTOR James Piar CFO Tiffany Santee copy editor Susan Landers DESIGN and LAYOUT Everard Strong | www.Big-E-Productions.com CONTRIBUTING WRITERS Tere Darnell, Katie Chavez, Krystal Carrillo, Stephanie Morris, Dr. Brad Hannon PHOTOGRAPHERS George Sillas | GeorgeSillas.com Susan Whitney | SusanWhitney.com ADVERTISING DESIGN Kari Martinez ADVERTISING sales Frank Castillo frankc@hdlivingmagazine.com Kari Martinez karim@hdlivingmagazine.com Lindy Bains lindyb@hdlivingmagazine.com

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remember as a kid my first experience in sports, I played tee ball for the little league dodgers and couldn’t wait to get up for a chance to hit the ball. That experience eventually led me to playing baseball and football from elementary through high school along with trying out sports like soccer and basketball in between. With childhood obesity rates at an all-time high and the x-box and playstation factor studies show that most kids don’t get enough exercise these days. With two sons that are both very active in sports, I am well aware of the discipline, self confidence and physical fitness benefits that come with them being involved with sports leagues. In this issue we spotlight a couple of youth sports leagues that are sure to get your little one off the couch and out in the field. We all know the old saying; beauty is in the eye of the beholder. But not everyone feels that way and as a society it seems that there are more and more products that promise softer skin and fewer wrinkles. Stephanie Morris brings us an array of inexpensive home remedies that will do the same for you as any fancy cleanser or crème you’ll find at the department stores with some home-style secrets to help you look your best. And Susan Landers brings you one of our favorite California getaways in the coast with the most. Don’t forget to check out our food spotlight, for those that know me well, you know that I can be found at this deli come lunch time at least once a week. We also have some great spotlights like the Maverick’s own Wooly Bully and a great new spot to get that much needed Massage. So as the weather warms and the stars of the H.D. shine bright, remember to enjoy High Desert Living.

Frank Castillo Publisher/CEO FrankC@hdlivingmagazine.com

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UpFront

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Huck Finn Jubilee Huck Finn is one of the original bad boys. His influence on Tom Sawyer brought Tom grief and great boyhood joy. Their adventures can be remembered and enjoyed at the annual Huck Finn Jubilee, which always coincides with that one special day of the year devoted to Dad - Father’s Day. There will be all sorts of mischievous -good natured fun going on throughout the Jubilee. Mark Twain’s reincarnation will be channeled by the very talented impersonator Mike Randall at 9 p.m. Friday, June 17th. There are many who say he is as good, if not better than, Hal Holbrook. Best of all, this is one of the country’s top blue grass festivals. The entertainment is big and includes Roy Clark, Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver, Sierra Hull, Rodney Dillard and the Dillard Band, the Gibson Brothers and so much more. There’s a prize of $500 for the winner of the Blind Bogie Fish Derby, and for the kids the Home Depot will help them build a project. Horse Shoe Pitch is open to the youngsters and eggtossing and fence painting attract a good crowd, but the Liar’s Contest is one you parents might want to listen in on. Other fun events include hot air balloon rides, a small town circus to entertain the little ones, and the United States Arm Wrestling Association’s open California Championship. Look for fun and entertainment at every turn. You won’t be disappointed. Camping is available. The catfish are ready to jump into the frying pan, and the blue grass music is in the air. This is the blue grass event of the year. Don’t miss it. You may call this number to get tickets, reserve a camping spot, or get a full schedule of events, especially the music: (951) 780-8810 or check on line at www.huckfinn.com for more information.. — Tere Kidd

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High Desert Scots Pipes and Drums The sound of bagpipe music is not regularly heard in the H.D., but Lester Milroy of High Desert Scots is working to change that. In the past few years, the High Desert Scots Pipes and Drums have worked to establish a local group of musicians who are bringing the Scottish Highlands to the High Desert. For pipe major Lester Milroy, his enchantment with the bagpipes started as a teenager: “I would hear the pipes and say ‘someday, someday.’” Someday came for Lester ten years ago when he decided it was time to fulfill his dream of learning to play the bagpipes. After taking years of lessons, Lester sought other pipers in the area. Eventually, he was able to find enough people to start High Desert Scots. Today they have a group comprised of six pipers and eight drummers. You can see High Desert Scots at various functions around the H.D., including parades, Apple Valley High School’s graduation ceremony, and Memorial Day events. They have even headed the local celebration of National Tartan Day, a day to celebrate Scottish heritage. Most recently, they participated in the Victor Valley College musical Brigadoon, a story set in the Highlands of Scotland. But, as Lester explains, “funerals are a piper’s primary job.” It is a job he takes seriously, and he has played at over seventy funerals. Lester now gives bagpipe lessons to those who are interested in learning the art he loves. He is hopeful that his protégés will soon join the Scots. At the moment he has five students and is happy to teach anyone who is willing to learn. Lester is passionate about the High Desert Scots and their involvement in the community. In fact, Lester says, “I’m trying to convert the High Desert to wearing kilts.” It is a noble goal. To contact Lester about the High Desert Scots Pipes and Drums or bagpipe lessons, please call 760-946-1094. – Katie Chavez

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The Cap and Gown: An Abbreviated History There are many elements of a graduation ceremony that help proclaim the rite of passage. Yet, no element is more steeped in tradition than the cap and gown. Sure, we accept the oddly shaped hat and the ill fitting robe as part of the process, but where did it all begin? Unsurprisingly, the cap and gown is a British invention. Around the 12th century, a robe with an attached hood was a purely practical garment that helped keep instructors and students warm while studying in cold school houses. This eventually led Oxford and Cambridge to be among the first universities to use the gown and the newly added mortarboard style cap as part of commencement ceremonies. Since then, academic institutions all over the world have adopted a form of the cap and gown. It is so important to the graduation process that an academic costume code was developed by the American

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Council on Education to standardize ceremonial academic dress in the United States. Despite the symbolic value of the attire, the cap and gown has limited use once the ceremony is over. Unless you plan on being a judge or Harry Potter for Halloween for the rest of your life, options are few. One of the best things to do is donate the gown to future graduates. For those who are a bit more sentimental and want to keep the gown, it can always revert back to its original function of providing warmth. A graduation gown is practically a Snuggie—the famous blanket with sleeves. Perhaps, the best part of the cap and gown for graduates is that by wearing this time honored regalia, we can—no matter where we went to school—share in the joy of academic achievement. – Katie Chavez

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Time to Straighten Up

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p until now I have been focusing our topics in this health article mainly on what we put in our body and how we can improve and live a healthier lifestyle. Now, let’s continue our goal of achieving a healthy lifestyle by switching our focus to how we treat our body and take care of it “structurally.” In particular, let’s learn about posture. This is one of those topics on which many books and research papers are written, and a small article like this can only scratch the surface and spark interest. Posture is the position in which we hold our bodies while performing tasks; in this article, I will focus on seated posture because the average American sits for 56 hours per week. Good posture allows our body’s muscles and joints to work more efficiently, requiring less energy, less strain, and helps prevent repetitive stress injuries. How do we get poor posture? Well. the short answer would be congenital factors and poor habits, often starting from a young age. Dr. Scott Bautch, of the American Chiropractic Association’s Council on Occupational Health, states that “Emphasis needs to be placed on teaching children how to properly use computer workstations.” Dr. Bautch went on to say, “Poor work habits and computer workstations that don’t fit a child’s body during the developing years can have harmful physical effects that can last a lifetime.” A study from Cornell University recently found that 40% of

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the elementary school children studied used computer workstations that put the children at postural risk; the other 60% showed “some concern” for postural risk4. Other factors contributing to poor posture can be things like obesity, stress, scoliosis, weak muscles, tight muscles, high heeled shoes, and bad chairs. Current research is suggesting a correlation of poor posture to the following negative health conditions: Neck pain, shoulder pain, headaches, back pain, difficulty breathing and other respiratory issues, decreased range of motion, decreased functional ability, carpal tunnel syndrome, arm and hand numbness, thoracic outlet syndrome, upper cross syndrome, anterior head carriage, decreased circulation, decreased metabolism, fatigue, and older physical appearance. Hyperactive sympathetic nervous system has been correlated to musculoskeletal strain (as a result of poor posture created by a 3/8 inch lift under one foot1), voice quality, TMJ syndrome, mid back curvature has been correlated to mortality3, psychosocial issues, arthritis, and more. I would like to take a little time to focus particularly on what is called upper cross syndrome and anterior head carriage since this is one of the most common signs as a result of poor seated posture. Upper cross syndrome is the general idea that chronic, poor seated posture will begin to train some of your neck and shoulder muscles to be tight, while it trains others to be weak. The typical resulting

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physical appearance, when looking from a side profile, is one in which your head is being held in a position in front of your shoulders, your shoulders are rounded forward, and the middle back has increased curve. Experts’ suggest that having your head forward one inch, doubles the amount of effort your muscles have to do to hold up your head. The ideal posture would be to have a side profile of your ears over your shoulders, with your chin tucked in, shoulders in a neutral position, and from the front your eyes, ears, and shoulders should be level, with your nose midline to your body. This anterior head carriage can be easily observed in the public by simply looking at other drivers; women seem to be more prone to this poor posture while driving, which may be due to women not wanting their hair to touch the vehicles head rest. M. Bunch states “For many years physiologists have shown that the position of the head on the neck is vital because it governs all postural reflexes. If the head is misaligned, other parts of the body move in and out of line to maintain balance and thus energy is expended to counteract the effects of gravity.”2 How do we get good posture? It takes work, determination, desire, and patience. Our joints need to have full pain free range of motion. Our muscles need to have appropriate strength and length. Neck traction is helpful for some people. Be consciously aware of your posture, check your reflection, have co-workers take a surprise photo of your side profile. Chiropractors, physical therapists, massage therapists, ergonomic specialists, and personal trainers seem to be some of the best professions for treatment and advice on how to correct these imbalances. Remember, it has taken you a number of years to get bad posture; it will take years of practice to get good posture. Tips for good seated posture Computer monitors and televisions should be right in front of your eyes, not too high or too low, and not to the left or right. This can be adjusted by physically moving the monitor or adjusting seat height and location of your chair. Ideally, the monitor should be about an arm’s length away from your body, and if you use more than one monitor, the monitor you use the most should be directly in front of you. Use an ergonomic low back support. Some chairs have this built in, but if not, use a specially designed pillow or rolled towel. The back of your knees should not touch the chair and your feet should be flat on the floor or stool. Do not cross your legs. Your knees should be at about hip level. Your buttock should touch the back of the chair. There should be adequate lighting to help prevent eye strain. For those who use seeing/reading/bifocal glasses avoid tilting your head back to read. As our eyes get weak during the day, the tendency is for our heads to get closer to the monitor, so try using larger font. While sitting upright with your shoulders relaxed, bend your elbows to 90degrees and that is the height and location your keyboard and mouse should be; be sure to not be reaching out. Also, when using the mouse and keyboard, your wrists need to be in a neutral position; not extended up or angled left or right. Remove watches or bracelets that limit wrist motion. Rest your elbows on chair armrests or on the table top. Take advantage of new products like gel wrist supports, ergonomic key boards and mouse. Sometimes it is difficult to adjust keyboard height without an adjustable tray, but

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you can adjust the chair height to help. Micro breaks. Every 15-20 min stop and stretch your neck, shoulders, forearms, maybe even stand up, then reset your body into a good posture, then return to your work. Additional tips for drivers: your seat should be nearly upright maybe slightly reclined back, use the low back support, the seat should be close enough to the steering wheel that you have a bend in your elbows, use the bottom of the steering wheel when ever possible, rest your head on the head rest to prevent anterior head carriage, do not squeeze the steering wheel, adjust mirrors to a position where they are easily visible without much body movement Do not hold the phone to your ear with your shoulder. Use a headset or your hand and alternate which ear/hand. Take the time to adjust your seat prior to driving or working. By now some of you are remembering your mother, and/or drill instructor, telling you to straighten up and sit up straight. The idea of poor posture having a negative effect on our body is nothing new. Experts report that there is documentation linking all the way back to Hippocrates. The take home message here is that we all need to make improving our posture a daily goal. No one is going to be able to do it for you and there are no magic bullet pills. It has been said that the difference between a wish and a goal is a plan. So get a book, see a healthcare professional, make a plan and follow through with it. Look for the next issue of H.D. Living Magazine when we will continue our talk about posture and learn about improving out posture while standing.

References Korr IM. The collected papers of Irvin M. Korr. Colorado Springs,: American Academy of Osteopathey, 1979. Bunch M. Dynamics of the singing voice. New York: Springer Verlag, 1982. Deborah M. Kado MD, MS, Mei-Hua Huang DrPH, Arun S. Karlamangla MD, PhD, Elizabeth Barrett-Connor MD, Gail A. Greendale MD (2004) Hyperkyphotic Posture Predicts Morality in Older Community-Dwelling Men and Women: A Prospective Study Journal of the American Geriatrics Society 52(10), 1662-1667. Healthy Living Fact Sheet: Computer Ergonomics and Children. Journal of the American Chiropractic Association.

Dr. Hannon graduated from the Southern California University of Health Sciences’ Doctor of Chiropractic program. Now, in private practice Dr. Hannon dedicates his time to his passion of health, exercise, and nutrition. High Desert Living magazine 19


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Wooly Bully and the Mavericks: Good Fun for All!

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ith word of the Mavericks’ plan to stay in the H.D. through the 2012 season and the new lower ticket prices, a family outing to the ball game is better than ever. Since the Mavs’ arrival in the high desert in 1991, residents of the Victor Valley have been root, root, rooting for the home team and its venerable mascot Wooly Bully. The best news for the youngsters is that Wooly Bully’s Kids Club is back. Kids Club members can join Wooly Bully at special events, get up to date info from Wooly Bully’s newsletter, and more. The Junior Mavericks are for kids under 12. It’s just $20.00 per

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member, and kids can win raffles for autographed prizes like bats and balls and may even get the chance to be a baseball buddy for one game. With these and other great benefits, baseball fans of all ages will want to join, but remember that it is just for kids 12 and under! — Susan Landers For more information about Mavericks’ baseball, the Wooly Bully Kids’ Club, or to purchase tickets, visit the Mavs’ homepage: http://web. minorleaguebaseball.com/index or call (760) 246-6287.

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» LOCAL business spotlight

Massage Envy: A brief respite from daily life

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andy and Lori Hill opened Massage Envy in October of 2010. Randy, an engineer, who had lost his job when the economy weakened, did some deep thinking and realized that he was finally freed from the stressful drive up and down the hill. Stress! That was a key concept. Randy found he wanted to engage in a business that brought relief to people. He wanted to create a sanctuary where people could get away from their problems. It wasn’t just the one hour at the spa that would help; that spa experience infuses the day whether at work or home. Everything becomes a little easier. Some evidence has come to light that suggests, given an index of self satisfaction, those people who participated in massage therapy felt more satisfied with themselves. Maybe the opposite of what you might expect when you divert your energy away from kids, work, and spouse. But, really, it only makes sense that the better you feel, the better you are able to interact with others. You can’t look your best if everything is go, go, go. We all need time to slow down and let the moment be about us. All the gym work, all the makeup cannot get you to your best if you don’t make time for that Zen moment. A time when everything else just goes away. A one hour massage at Massage Envy gives you 50 minutes of hands-on massage. The other 10 minutes gives the environment time to work its magic. While you settle into one of 12 massage rooms, the

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music or the sounds of nature - as many enjoy - work to remove the outside world. The walls of each room are insulated through a special process that shoots recycled newspaper into the space between the walls. The sounds of the outside world die at the door. Complete quiet. Your therapist can customize some mellow music to suit you, or if no music at all works better, no problem. The spa has special adjustable, heated tables that can be used for prenatal massage, dry table massage which is derived from Thai, and hot stone massage. Your massage is customized for your comfort. Massage for those suffering from fibromyalgia can build relief for some. There are 18 full time, certified therapists. They have a range of specialties, and your needs are matched with the therapist that best suits you. Those who are interested in a holistic lifestyle can better achieve that goal by incorporating massage into their plan, as many do. Some evidence from Touch Research Institute (TRI) shows that massage can reduce cortical, and sugar levels, positively affect eating disorders, and reduce symptoms of depression. In a perfect world, we would all have a massage every morning before the day begins, but take heart: even a single session does wonders. To schedule a tour or massage, call (760) 240-3689. – Tere Kidd

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IN THE HIGH DESERT by Susan Landers

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ant your child to have better self esteem, a healthier body, and childhood memories that will last a lifetime? Get them into a sports league. Experts agree that children who play sports benefit in numerous ways. Good sportsmanship, teamwork, discipline, and perseverance are skills vital to success in life, and they are the very skills that playing sports can teach kids. Community sports leagues are especially important to financially and socially disadvantaged kids, which give them access to role models who can teach them not only how to play a sport but alternative ways to problem solve, deal with disappointment, and win graciously. It is often a way to get a college education as athletic scholarships abound. A child in a sports league may get the whole family involved from coaching, carpooling, and volunteering in myriad ways. The old adage is true: the family that plays together stays together. There are many youth sports leagues in the H.D., and we are happy to highlight a few for you.

HARD 2 GUARD TRAVELING BASKETBALL TEAM Hard 2 Guard, aka H2G, is a travel basketball team comprised of 10 players ages 14-16 from Barstow, Victor Valley, and Oak Hills high schools. The team provides much needed role models and positive activities for the teens who are at a risky age when trouble seems to lurk around every corner. The team practices at least once

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per week and travels to tournaments twice each month that are held on weekends throughout the southern California area, from Los Angeles to Big Bear, Apple Valley to Perris. The big tournament at the end of summer takes place in Las Vegas and is very important as this gives the players a chance to shine before college coaches and their staff. These tournaments cost the players about $30-40 each. Many players are underprivileged and struggle to come up with the fees and would benefit from sponsorships. Eli Thornton and Brian Foster, former teammates and alumni from Victor Valley High School, are the coaches who provide positive reinforcement, model good sportsmanship, and give the players the skills they need on the court and in life. Both men are college graduates and credit basketball with providing them the necessary discipline, self-esteem, and wherewithal to plan and pursue their goals. In coaching H2G’s players, both Thornton and Foster are helping to make a brighter future for teens whose path in life has already proved difficult. If you are interested in Hard 2 Guard, contact Brian Foster at b.foster@thriveentgroup.com or Eli Thornton at thorntoneli5@hotmail.com. AYSO SOCCER Region 665 With seven divisions, the American Youth Soccer Organization in Victorville provides exciting play for boys and girls of various age groups. Teams play a total of ten games in tournaments during the regular season, which runs from August to November. For those who just can’t wait, there’s Summer Sizzle! Summer Sizzle is a tournament in June that is no less fun or competitive than the regular season. For information on Summer Sizzle, call (760) 659-8033. The code for Region 665 follows AYSO’s six tenets: Everyone Plays means all kids get off the bench, Balanced Teams offers players the opportunity to improve their skills by playing with a variety of players, Open Registration allows all kids to play without fear of cuts or tryouts, Positive Coaching keeps players motivated to improve and play their best, Good Sportsmanship teaches players how to lose and to win graciously, and Player Development teaches team play and encourages players to constantly improve. Coaches, players, and parents all must abide by a code of conduct to keep the game a fun and positive experience for all. For more information about registration, go to http://www.ayso665.org

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RATTLERS FOOTBALL Are you ready for some (Rattlers) football? A not-for-profit organization that is serving the kids of the H.D., particularly Apple Valley, the Rattlers Junior ALL American Football and Cheer gives youngsters a chance to get out and develop skills on and off the playing field. Proud winners of the 2010 I.E. Conference Championship, the Apple Valley Rattlers plan on another great season in 2011. Sign-ups are May 14th from 10-2 at James Woody Community Center, and the registration price has been lowered to $150. Rattlers’ age categories range from 7 to 13 years old and there are weight categories for each age group as well. All of the coaching staff are volunteers and are rigorously trained to bring out each player’s potential and motivate the team to play their best. Home games are played at Newton T. Bass stadium. The Rattlers take on teams from all over the H.D. and the I.E. For information on how you can sign up your little gridiron gladiator (or your charming cheerleader) or if you are interested in becoming a sponsor or volunteer, check out the Rattlers online at http://www.leaguelineup.com/ LITTLE LEAGUE Spring is in the air, which makes us all think of Baseball! Yep, the American pastime is alive and well, especially among the youngest H.D. residents. Little League baseball has been around since the 1930s and has become a global phenomenon with national and international tournaments and championships taken very seriously. California District 49 consists of leagues from all over the high desert and surrounding areas, including Victorville, Hesperia, and Apple Valley. From the Majors to the Minors, age categories determine in which division a player participates. Competitive teams draft players, but there are Non-Competitive teams, like Farm Division and T-Ball, which offer instruction and keep no standings or scores. Between baseball and softball, boys and girls learn teamwork, sportsmanship, and get plenty of exercise. For more information about Little League in the high desert visit: http://www.eteamz.com/ vvamericanll or http://hnll.netfirms.com/ or http://avall.org/.

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DIY BEAUTY

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Homestyle Secrets to help you look your best

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he price of beauty is getting more and more expensive, isn’t it? Forget about plastic surgery; just basic daily maintenance is getting ridiculous. Make up wipes, facial cleansers, shower gels, wrinkle creams, shave gels, facial masks, hair reconstructors, body moisturizers (deep breath), hair removers, acne cleansers, aftershave lotion, tanning creams, exfoliates… It just goes on and on! But, forget about the expense for a minute. Have you ever really looked at the ingredients listed on the back of these everyday beauty aids? There are probably more ingredients that you don’t recognize than those that you do; and unfortunately, there’s a good chance that even the components that you can identify may be very unhealthy for you. Even the most expensive facial cleansers and beauty creams can contain chemicals such as polyethylene glycol (PEG), an ingredient often found in oven cleaners, or dienthanolamine (DEA), a carcinogenic, which is often found in bubble bath, shampoos and shower gels. Yikes! In an article he shares on http://www.preventcancer.com, Samuel S. Epstein, M.D., Chairman of the Cancer Prevention Coalition explains that “DEA can react with other ingredients in the cosmetic formula to form an extremely potent carcinogen called nitrosodiethanolamine (NDEA). NDEA is readily absorbed through the skin and has been linked with stomach, esophagus, liver, and bladder cancers.” So, what can we do, other than take our scaly, hairy, stinky selves and move to a deserted island? Well, there are actually some terrific homemade beauty recipes that are not only a lot healthier for the well-being of your body, but that are also less detrimental to your bank account as well.

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Kiwi Facial Cleanser (For dry or oily skin) Kiwi is high in natural enzymatic and detergency properties, which makes it a perfect ingredient for skin and hair treatments. It’s also loaded with skin rejuvenating vitamin C. Ingredients 1 kiwi fruit 2 tablespoons plain yogurt 1 tablespoon orange water 1 tablespoon apricot or almond oil

1 tablespoon honey 1 teaspoon finely ground almonds 2 drops orange (or your favorite citrus) essential oil

Puree the kiwi fruit in a food processor and then add yogurt, orange water, almond or apricot oil, and ground almonds. Continue to process until thick and creamy. Add essential oil and stir to mix. To use, massage gently over face, neck and décolleté areas and cleanse. Rinse well. This makes one application. Thyme and Fennel Seed Cleanser (For normal skin) Fennel has often been used as a slight diuretic. When infused, fennel seeds can be resourced for their cleansing and toning properties and to reduce puffiness and superficial irritation. Thyme, which is used in antiseptic preparations, is a wonderful astringent. Ingredients 2 sprigs fresh thyme, crumbled (or 1/2 tablespoon dried thyme) 2 teaspoons fennel seeds,

crushed 1/2 cup boiling water Juice of half lemon

Mix the thyme and fennel seed in a bowl and cover with boiling water. Add lemon juice and steep for 15 minutes. Strain the infusion and store the liquid in a jar, and be sure to keep it refrigerated. Because this cleanser is very gentle, it can be used every day. Just dab it on your face and neck with a cotton ball and rinse. Cucumber- Honey Toner Cucumbers are used for their cooling and astringent properties. Aside from its beneficial role in this recipe, try simply applying a couple of slices to your tired, puffy eyes. Ingredients 1 medium cucumber, peeled and cut up into pieces 2 teaspoons honey Puree cucumber in a blender. Line a sieve with cheesecloth and set the sieve over a glass bowl or measuring cup. Pour the cucumber puree through the sieve and let it stand long enough to allow plenty of the www.hdlivingmagazine.com

juice to drip into the bowl. Pour the clear juice into a clean bottle and add honey. To use, shake the bottle well and then saturate a cotton pad with the lotion. Sweep over face, neck and chest, and let it air dry (about 3 to 4 minutes). Store covered in the refrigerator for up to 1 week. This recipe makes about 1/2 cup. Avocado Carrot Cream Mask Avocados are rich in vitamins A, D, E, potassium, sulfur and chlorine. This mask combines avocados with carrots, which are high in beta-carotene and antioxidants, and cream, which is high in calcium and protein. This combination of ingredients is said to rebuild skin collagen, improve tone and texture, and fade age spots. Ingredients 1 avocado, mashed 1 carrot, cooked and mashed

1/2 cup heavy cream 1 egg, beaten 3 tablespoons honey

Combine all ingredients and mix until smooth. Spread evenly over your face and neck and leave 10-15 minutes. Rinse with cool water and follow with your favorite toner. Goddess Yogurt Body Mask Yogurt contains “healthy” bacteria and can be used for a wonderful cleansing, hydrating and moisturizing treatment for the skin. Ingredients 1/4 cup yogurt 3 tablespoons honey 3 tablespoons puréed

pumpkin (can use pure canned pumpkin) Or 3 tablespoons puréed carrots (slightly cooked)

Purée pumpkin or slightly cooked carrots in a blender. Pour into a bowl and mix with the yogurt and honey. Lather your face and body with the yogurt mask. Sink into a warm bath and soak for 10-20 minutes. Ahhh… Rose Oil and Honey Facial Mask Honey is an ingredient often found in cosmetics because of its emollient, coloring and flavoring attributes. It’s also a natural humectant, so it readily rejuvenates and replenishes skin. The light, sweet almond oil is easily absorbed and softens and nourishes skin. Ingredients 2 tablespoons honey 2 tablespoons sweet almond oil

5 drops essential oil of rose 1 drop vitamin E oil

Mix honey, sweet almond oil and essential oil of rose. Massage onto clean face and neck with fingertips. Relax for 15 minutes, and then rinse off with lukewarm water, revealing soft, rejuvenated skin.

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Invigorating Coffee Scrub The aromatic coffee bean contains magnesium and vitamin E. An antioxidant, it also contains antibacterial, exfoliating, and stimulating properties.

Sumptuous Rose Bath Aside from this flower’s pleasing scent, it also holds antibacterial, anti-inflammatory and aphrodisiac properties as well.

Ingredients 3 tablespoon coffee grounds (organic-caffeinated) 1 tablespoon salt (optional)

Ingredients 1 cup rose petals Or… 1/2 cup rose water (found in health food stores) 1/2 cup coconut milk

Brew and enjoy a fresh pot of coffee. Mix used grounds and salt in a small bowl. Be sure to use grounds within 20 minutes of brewing, before oxidation occurs. While in the shower, scrub coffee mixture over entire body. Rinse, tone and moisturize. Honey Almond Scrub Almonds are used mainly for their emollient and slight bleaching properties. When ground into a meal, almonds can make for a wonderful exfoliate. This is a honey almond scrub with a peppermint twist that can bring a soft, smooth glow to your skin. Ingredients 4 tablespoon almond meal (or almond flour) 2 tablespoon jojoba oil

4 tablespoon honey 5 drops of peppermint essential oil

Draw a warm bath. Add the rose petals or rose water and coconut milk. Soak and relax for 10-15 minutes…or as long as your heart desires. Chamomile Lip Balm Chamomile is popular for its calming, sedative effects and is known to be mild and soothing to the skin. Ingredients 1/2 teaspoon macadamia nut oil 1/2 teaspoon jojoba oil 1 teaspoon lanolin

1/2 teaspoon cocoa butter 1/2 teaspoon beeswax 1/2 teaspoon chamomile flowers (dried)

Pour the almond meal and Jojoba oil into a 4 ounce jar. Stir well. Then mix in the honey and peppermint essential oil until well blended. Make sure to cleanse the skin before using. Apply about a teaspoon of the scrub to a moistened face, adding a little water as needed (do not add water to the jar). Massage the skin gently, letting the almond meal do the work (too much pressure may damage capillaries). Be sure to avoid the delicate eye area. Remove scrub with a warm washcloth. Apply a tonic to remove any excess product, and finish by applying your favorite moisturizer.

In a double-boiler, melt 1/2 tsp. macadamia nut oil, 1/2 tsp. jojoba oil, 1/2 tsp. lanolin and 1/2 tsp. cocoa butter. Add 1/2 tsp. of dried chamomile flowers and stir gently for about 10 minutes. Strain the mixture with a very fine sieve into a small ramekin. Wash & dry the double boiler. Pour the strained mixture back into the double boiler and reheat. Add another 1/2 tsp. of lanolin and 1/2 tsp. of beeswax shavings. Heat and stir until completely liquefied. Remove from the heat and pour into a 1/2 oz. container. This is enough for personal use. To use on dry hands, or to give as gifts, you’ll want to double or triple this recipe.

Peach Lotion (For dry or normal skin) Peaches are rich sources of skin-renewing alpha-hydroxy fruit acids, which help to slough off dead skin cells, and high in nourishing vitamins A and C. Peach juice can unclog pores, banish blemishes, and give skin a fresher, more youthful appearance. Not only is it great for the skin, but this mask smells heavenly.

Spearmint Mouthwash Medicinal spearmint aids in keeping the breath and digestive system feeling clean.

Ingredients 1 peach 4 drops Tincture of Benzoin 2 oz. coconut or sweet almond oil

Boil water and vodka. Mix in glycerin and aloe vera gel. Remove from the heat and let cool slightly. Add spearmint oil and mix well. Pour into a bottle, capping tightly.

1 1/2 oz. orange flower water and 1 or 2 drops orange oil

Wash, drain, mash, and then strain the juice from 1 peach through cheesecloth. Add 4 drops of tincture of benzoin, 2 oz. coconut or sweet almond oil, 1 1/2 oz. orange flower water and 1 or 2 drops orange oil. Beat together until fluffy and pour into a clean 4 oz. container. Store lotion in refrigerator. Use daily or when skin feels dry and needs a lift.

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Ingredients 6 oz water 2 oz vodka 4 teaspoons liquid glycerin

1 teaspoon aloe vera gel 10-15 drops spearmint essential oil

Variations of these recipes (and many more) can be found at allnaturalbeauty.us and at mybeautyrecipes.com. Experiment and enjoy, knowing that you’re not only using products that help you look great, but that are also great for you!

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the coast with the most

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f you are looking to take a summer vacation, a weekend trip, or even a “day-cay,” Santa Barbara is a great destination choice. Often called the “American Riviera,” Santa Barbara has lovely coastlines, excellent accommodations, and fine dining. It is a perfect place for a romantic trip for two or a family adventure. Santa Barbara has a rich and illustrious history. The Chumash tribe of Native Americans inhabited the coastline of Santa Barbara and the Channel Islands until the 18th century when Spanish missionaries arrived and built the mission. Mission Santa Barbara is number ten of

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Santa Barbara

By Susan Landers

the twenty-one missions built by the Spanish. The first nine missions were founded by Father Junipero Serra, but he died two years prior to 1786 when Mission Santa Barbara was founded by his successor Padre Fermin Francisco de Lasuen. The signature red tile roofs all over Santa Barbara are a legacy of the Spanish founders. Following the 1925 earthquake and fire, residents noticed that the adobe and tile roofed buildings withstood the natural disaster better than the plentiful Victorians, so a city ordinance passed making downtown the home of the Spanish Colonial. Âť www.hdlivingmagazine.com

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The Mission is only one of the many tourist attractions in Santa Barbara. The Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History has exhibits about the Chumash and the Franciscans who built the Mission. Other museums include the Santa Barbara Maritime Museum, the Santa Barbara Museum of Art and the Mission Museum. And, don’t forget the Santa Barbara Zoo! While there is golf, wine tasting, horseback riding, and other activities galore, the waterfront area is where the action is. From surfing and sailing to sunning and swimming, the Santa Barbara coast offers something for everyone. There’s

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also fishing, kayaking, diving, whale watching, and there are lots of opportunities to eat! Whether you are looking for a seafood dinner or an ice cream cone, Santa Barbara Harbor and Sterns Wharf have an endless variety of cafés, restaurants, and other eateries. Santa Barbara is just a two and a half hour drive from the Victor Valley and well worth the trip. For a list of attractions and things to do, visit www.santabarbaraca.gov and click on Visitors. From there, you will also get a link to hotels, bed and breakfasts, and other accommodations.

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» wine cellar Wine Trends

“The discovery of wine is of greater moment than the discovery of a constellation. The universe is too full of stars.” — Benjamin Franklin Reader Recommendation rosso di montalcino 2007 casisanocolombaio This wine favorite is brought to you by Ivan Mendiola, my nephew and fellow wino. Says Ivan: “Italian wines are my favorite. I especially love the Brunello wines, but they can get pretty pricey. I’m often happy to settle for the younger sibling of the Brunello family, Rosso di Montalcino. It’s a wine made from the same grapes as the Brunello wine, Sangiovese. It’s just aged a few years less. My favorite is the 2007 Casisano-Colombaio Rosso di Montalcino, which is less than $15 at Total Wine. It is a light-bodied red wine that is a bit smoky, with flavors of cherry and berries. YUM! It is best when paired with hearty foods that contain beef. It’s perfectly paired with lasagna or a big steak.”

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may/june wine events by Stephanie Morris

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re you ready to take your passion for wine out and about? Although we have some great wine bars in the H.D. that are fun to visit, it can also be a blast to venture out and partake in new wine experiences, discoveries and adventures. So, what’s out there to do? Well, there are a few May/ June wine events I’ve stumbled upon that just may pique your interest. Enjoy the stunning rose garden, the Aratani Japanese Garden and some fantastic wine tasting at Cal Poly, Pomona’s Southern California Tasting and Auction. It takes place May 1. from 1 to 4pm, and will include food, entertainment, live and silent auctions. And, unless you’re clumsy, you’ll also go home with a commemorative wine glass. Tickets are $90 apiece, but if you buy two or more, they’re only $75 each. Not bad! You can purchase tickets and get directions online at www.polytaste.com, or give them a call at 909-869-4852 for more information. If you don’t mind the beautiful drive up to our glorious Central Coast, you may want to hit the 29th Annual Paso Robles Wine Festival, running May 20th through the 22nd. Their Reserve event will be held on Friday, from 3:30 to 6pm. If you choose to attend Reserve, you’ll get to peruse four categories of wine—power white/Rosés library, reserve and futures. The Winemaker Seminar is taking place on Saturday, the 21st, from 1 to 2pm. Also on Saturday, from 2 to 6pm, is the Early Admittance to the Grand Tasting, followed by the Wine Country Auction and Dinner, held from 6 to 10:30pm. Activities take place all weekend, and depending on which events you choose to attend, tickets can run from $15-$325. To find out what other happenings will be taking place or to buy tickets, visit http://www. pasowine.com/events/winefestival.php. On May 22nd, from 4 to 7pm, Claremont Village’s Hotel Casa 425 is hosting the Mi Casa es Su Casa Annual Wine Tasting Benefit. This is their

4th annual wine tasting and jazz event, benefitting the Claremont Educational Foundation and the Claremont Community Foundation. Make your reservations early and mingle with wine makers while sampling fine wine, tasty appetizers and cool jazz. Give them a call 909-398-1060, or go on line at www. Claremonteducationalfoundation.org. Tickets run $75 per person. June 3rd, 4th and 5th brings us the Temecula Balloon and Wine Festival! If you’ve never been to one, it’s a blast! The festival includes top-name concerts, Kids Faire, exhibits, arts and crafts, delicious food and lots of wine tasting in their Wine Garden! Those who attend the Wine, Food and Pairing event will participate in a three-course “culinary experience,” along with a variety of complementary wines. And, if you’re feeling brave, book a hot air balloon flight and make some memories! Ticket prices vary greatly, depending on what events/packages you’re interested in, so to get details, visit their webpage at http://www.tvbwf.com. Love beer too? Well the 25th Annual Ojai Wine Festival not only salutes wine from over 60 wineries in the area, it also hails at least 15 premium beers and microbrews. Sip prestigious wine, or a tip back a good beer, while enjoying the view of beautiful Lake Casitas in the Ojai Valley. The event takes place June 12th, from 12 to 5pm, and tickets start at only $35. With over 4,200 people attending each year, it’s a popular one! Visit http:// www.ojaiwinefestival.com for more info. Wherever your love of wine may take you, please remember to give yourselves some time to let the “wine experience” wear off before driving. Or, even better yet, take a non-wino with you so that you don’t have to worry about driving at all! Heck, top that by getting a room and making it a weekend affair! I’ve got reservations to make, so until next time… Cheers!

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» restaurant spotlight

End Zone Deli

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end zone deli 11850 Hesperia Rd. (760) 956-8869

nd Zone isn’t really all about sports; it’s all about the food. And, be careful! Doug Davis puts so much of the good stuff into his sandwiches, you’ll have to be careful or you’ll end up wearing some of it. Think: Carl’s Jr. commercial where the sexy beauty, all curled up in the sheets, is suddenly eating this giant hamburger and a lot of it is dripping on those clean white sheets? Be forewarned. There’s enough goodness in Doug’s sandwiches you won’t want to miss a single morsel, and you will have trouble keeping it all together. There’s so much of it. Anyone who has ever had a Subway sandwich knows if you want any real meat or cheese on it, you’re going to pay extra. A lot extra! And, you still won’t come close to the quality and taste of End Zone. Doug’s most expensive sandwiches are only $6.49. You can get half a sandwich as low as low as $3.99. They have names like pig skin pastrami, touchdown turkey and running back roast beef, but a Doug’s sandwich by any other name is still a Doug’s sandwich with more meat and cheese than you’d ever expect. Two words: savory and plenty. Doug makes all the salads himself - fresh every day. Every sandwich comes with a choice of red potato, spiral pasta, cucumber, or elbow macaroni salad. If you’re in the mood for something like a chef’s salad, you can order the

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super bowl: turkey, ham, salami, provolone over tomatoes, cucumbers, celery, carrots, on mixed greens with vinaigrette dressing create a salad sublime. To be sure the walls are decorated with just about every professional pendant there is. Every team from the San Francisco 49ers to Tampa Bay Buccaneers and the Oakland Raiders are represented. Even the menu’s top and bottom edges are trimmed in mid-line football field markers. It doesn’t matter which way you lean when it comes to a sports team; at the End Zone it’s the food that counts not the game score. Doug, who has been in the deli business for 30 years, comes from Orange County. He has owned several different restaurants in Orange County but chose the High Desert for his newest adventure in the culinary arts. A friendly man with a quiet demeanor, Doug enjoys what he is doing and knows the business inside and out. He opened his first restaurant when he was just 27 after spending three years in sales. End Zone is open Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturdays 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. and is closed Sundays. Located at 11850 Hesperia Road, it is less than half a mile south of Bear Valley Road. You may call (760) 956-8869 for more information. It’s a great place for lunch. — Tere Kidd

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Dining Guide » Victorville

The Grumpy Golfer 14144 Green Tree Blvd. (760) 955-6017 Yoshi Sushi 14177 Kentwood Blvd, (760) 241-1960 Chateau Chang 15425 Anacapa Rd, (760) 241-3040 Divine Wine Bar 14845 Monarch Blvd. suite C, (760) 843-3888 La Casita 14977 Palmdale Rd, (760) 241-0119 La Casita at the Lake 12170 Spring Valley Pkwy,, (760) 843-0440 Rinconsito Del Mar 14678 7th St, (760) 951-0344 Tokyo Sushi & BBQ 14741 7th St, (760) 955-7123 Johnny Rebs’ Southern 15051 7th St, (760) 955-3700 Golden Gate Restaurant 15208 Bear Valley Rd., # B, (760) 245-6189 MiMi’s Cafe 12032 Amargosa Rd., (760) 244-6888 Steer ‘n Stein 12224 Mariposa Rd, (760) 241-0775 Los Roberto’s 12670 Hesperia Rd, (760) 2439422 Maan Fu 14317 Bear Valley Rd, (760) 956-8787 Well Being Tofu House 15024 Bear Valley Rd, (760) 241-8888 Mimi’s Cafe 12032 Amargosa Rd, (760) 244-6888

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Original Roadhouse Grill 11940 Amargosa Rd, (760) 949-2308 Karma Nightclub 12152 Cottonwood Rd, (760) 955-1600 El Tio Pepe 12100 Amargosa Rd, (760) 241-0811 Carino’s 11970 Amargosa Rd, (760) 949-2248 Kinari 12152 Cottonwood Rd, (760) 955-1500

Oggis Pizza & Brewing Co 19201 Bear Valley Rd, (760) 240-8977 Mama Carpino’s 22010 Highway 18, (760) 240-9664 » Hesperia

Juliano’s Italian Restaurant, 12052 Hesperia Rd., (760) 949-0595 Los Domingos 15885 Main St, (760) 948-6161

China Garden 13790 Bear Valley Rd # 10, (760) 245-9665

Cancun Mexican & Seafood 15550 Main St, (760) 956-7720

Paulina’sl 14845 Monarch Blvd, (760) 955-2661

Italian Kitchen 16409 Yucca St, (760) 244-7757

Daikoku Japanese Steak House 12174 Hesperia Rd, (760) 952-1300

Thai-Lotus 12027 Hesperia Rd, (760) 949-9362

» Apple Valley Angel’s Roadhouse 2 13685 John Glenn Rd, (760) 240-6923 Las Brisas 21919 US Highway 18, (760) 240-1051 Nikki’s Cafe 19311 Bear Valley Rd. (760) 247-355

Wood Grill Buffet 14135 Main St. (760) 981-4418 Go Bangkok Thai 15800 Main St. Ste 200, (760) 947-9029 Miyako Sushi 14073 Main St., Ste 109, (760) 956-7817

Di Napoli’s FireHouse 17856 US Highway 18, (760) 242-5802 Amy’s 18768 US Highway 18, Ste 170, (760) 242-7272 The Wine Seller Apple Bear Center, (760) 961-2500 Go Bangkok Thai 20783 Bear Valley Rd, Ste H, (760) 240-3888 Los Domingos 17790 US Highway 18, (760) 946-5344

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» HD CALENDAR

Entertainment Calendar May/June May 14-22 San Bernardino County Fair “This Little Piggy went to the Fair” is this year’s theme as the San Bernardino County Fair comes back to town! The 2011 lineup promises to please from Country and Christian Rock to Extreme Demolition Derby, along with another year of great food, rides and exhibits. Don’t forget to check out the livestock competitions, homemade crafts and even a pie eating contest. San Bernardino County Fairgrounds, Victorville For information on this year’s fair go to www.sbcfair.com June 4 VVC 50TH Anniversary Concert Beethoven Spectacular The College Singers, The Master Arts Chorale and the Sinfonia Orchestra, joined by alumni singers, players and soloists, combine to present Beethoven’s 5th Symphony and the finale movement from the 9th Symphony in celebration of the College’s 50th anniversary. V.V.C. Performing Arts Center, Victorville For Tickets call (760) 245-4271 ext. TIX (849) June 17-19 Huck Finn’s Jubilee Roy Clark headlines more than 30 hours of old time Country and bluegrass music at this years Huck Finn Jubilee. Tales of life on the river, jumping frogs, hot air balloons, camping and the arrival of a small town circus can be lived first hand this Father’s Day weekend when the 35th Annual Huck Finn Jubilee rolls into Victorville. During the three-day festival which runs June 17-19, families can whitewash fences, build river rafts and climb a greased pole. Nearly all 1880’s style contests are free to enter, and winners receive not only bragging rights, but ribbons too! Mojave Narrows Regional Park, Victorville For tickets call (951) 341-8080 or go to www.huckfinn.com June 17–26 The Hallelujah Girls Hilarity abounds when the feisty females of Eden Falls, Georgia, decide to shake up their lives. The action in this rollicking Southern comedy takes place in SPA-DEE-DAH!, the abandoned church-turnedday-spa where this group of friends gathers every Friday afternoon. After the loss of a dear friend, the women realize time is precious, and if they’re going to change their lives and achieve their dreams, they have to get on it now! By the time the women rally together to overcome these obstacles and launch their new, improved lives, you’ve got a side-splitting, joyful comedy that will make you laugh out loud and shout “Hallelujah!” High Desert Center for the Arts, Victorville For ticket information call (760) 243-7493 or go to www. highdesertcenterforthearts.com

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July 4 Independence Day Postgame Fireworks Show It’s your High Desert Mavericks annual Independence Day celebration with post game fireworks presented by Alaska USA Federal Credit Union!!!! Come support the Mavericks as they take on area rival Rancho Cucamonga Quakes in this July 4th family fun event. Admission $6.00 - $8.00 Mavericks Stadium, Adelanto Call ( 760 ) 246-MAVS for tickets or go to www.hdmavs.com

July 4 AV Freedom Festival Celebrating its fourteenth year, the Town of Apple Valley Freedom Festival has grown to draw between 10,000 and 12,000 visitors annually on Independence Day. All day park festivities include the Apple Valley Fire District Jr. Combat Challenge, multiple bounce houses, concerts, inflatable games, and a wide array of merchandise for sale. The Victor Valley Sunrise Rotary beer garden will be complemented by food booths featuring funnel cakes, kettle corn, fresh lemonade and barbecue. The evening will culminate with the best fireworks show in the High Desert choreographed to music. Lenny Brewster Sports Center, Apple Valley Go to www.AppleValleyEvents.org for more information

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» HD HAppenings On May 6th the Mall of Victor Valley hosted the annual “An Evening Affair” which is put on by the Victorville Chamber of Commerce and presented by the Auto Park at Valley Center. The evening includes food tastings from around the Victor Valley along with wine and beer tastings, deserts, art and live music. This annual event is one of the most anticipated in the High Desert year in and year out.

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» Susan’s corner

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hat began as a day of solemn remembrance of those who “gave the last full measure of devotion,” has become another long weekend in which to revel, hold ‘blowout’ sales, and hit the beaches and BBQs for the unofficial start of summer. While there is nothing wrong with enjoying the fun stuff over a long weekend or celebrating the American economic tradition by consuming goods and services, it is also important, particularly this year, to take a moment to remember what Memorial Day is all about. Memorial Day began just after the American Civil War, which began 150 years ago this year. The Civil War claimed more than 600,000 American lives, and cemeteries quickly filled to overflowing. Many national cemeteries (including Arlington and Gettysburg) were built during or just after the war. Following the war, many soldiers’ bodies from both sides were reclaimed from rudely dug battlefield graves to be repatriated and reburied in proper cemeteries. Mourners, North and South, began the practice of decorating the graves of their soldiers with flowers, ribbons and other embellishments as a way to honor the sacrifice of the dead. Also called Decoration Day in some regions, for many years it was celebrated on different days in the North and South. As the nation healed (and continues to heal) from the violent rift and Americans died on other battlefields in other wars, the last Monday in May became Memorial Day, a national holiday on which all soldiers were to be remembered. Families and friends spending time together on the cusp of summer, BBQing, and yes, even making major purchases, has been made possible by the brave sacrifices of those who have fallen in battle defending our rights to such pursuits, so be sure as you enjoy the pleasures of the day that you pause to remember why we celebrate.

A Day of Remebrance, not Revenue and Revelry

steak marinade If you are throwing some steaks on the BBQ this Memorial Day, try this delicious marinade submitted by Doreen B. on Allrecipes.com: Ingredients: 1/3 cup sherry 1/3 cup soy sauce 1/3 cup vegetable oil 2 tablespoons honey 2 tablespoons grated fresh ginger root 1 clove garlic, minced In a medium bowl, mix sherry, soy sauce, vegetable oil, honey, ginger, and garlic. Marinate steaks for at least 4 hours before grilling as desired

If you would like to see something special featured in Susan’s Corner, or if you have a special recipe, drop me a line and let me know about it at: Susan Landers at H.D. Living Magazine 6630 SLV Box Victorville, Ca. 92395, or e-mail me at susanl@hdlivingmagazine.com.

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Looking forward to a Healthy 2011


DESERT VALLEY SENIOR WELLNESS CENTER PRESENTS:

Wellness Workshops Stay Vital Certificate Course - Driving Safety & Education for Seniors California Highway Patrol

Friday May 27th, 2011

11:00 am – 1:00 pm

Alzheimer’s Disease; A Three Part Series Friday May 20th, 2011

The Basics

2:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Healthy Body: Healthy Mind

Friday June 3rd, 2011

2:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Partner with your Physician

Friday June 24th 2011

2:00 pm – 3:00 pm

WEEKLY EVENTS: Monday’s 1:30-2:30 Knitting Club Tuesday’s 10-11:00 Coffee and Current Events Wednesday’s 2:30-3:30 Tea and Talk Thursday’s 11-12:00 Exercise Class PLEASE RSVP TO THE NUMBER PROVIDED BELOW

19181 Town Center Dr. • Apple Valley, CA 92308

Tel. 760-961-8363

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